A beautiful Great Barred Owl.
Grey on Grey shades of the day.
It was/is a grey day. A Wet-Coast Winter’s day, grey, a little dreary, with dim lighting and just a little nippy!
But the walk at Neck Point this morning was more that a little magical.
It all started with the Owl – a Great Barred Owl – dozing on a branch right beside the trail. At first I thought it was just an extension of the branch, another limb – short and broken off perhaps and then I realized just what I was looking at – the back of an Owl.
I got very close!
Turkey Tail Rose
I spent about 10 minutes staring at, talking to, and taking pictures of this beautiful creature. Owls are truly wise creatures. This owl was sleeping slowly opening and closing it’s eye’s, very dark eyes – with fluffy eyelids – very pretty! No panic, just watched me as I watched it.
The owl set the theme for the walk. I saw turkey tail roses, a Great Grey Heron perched high up in a tree across Sunset Bay and a new sea-bird (new to me).
A whole flock of Surfbirds (Or they could be Black Turnstones) rose in flight as I watched. They shifted, as a whole, from one rocky perch to another! An Amazing Aerial Performance.
Grey rocks upon grey seas in front of grey skies.
Grey days can create some amazing images. Trees are stark against the skies and grey rocks drift across grey seas and into grey skies. I like these kind of images. They are home and a wonderful back drop to the colours that do shine out from the small vignettes created by the world around us.
Like the ducks we saw as we walked back to the car, a pair of Mallards drifting across the pond – perfect.
Or a backdrop to the many coloured yarns that I create with every day. Rainbows and all the shades of nature in my hands.
Yesterday morning I finished the Sea-Star Hat – version 1 anyway! I think it needs a little work – so version 2 should be along shortly!
Happy Day – I hope that you find some magic.
Through the Branches and across the Strait